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“Why Can’t Women Time Travel?”
Digital technology enables us to create, duplicate, alter, disseminate, and appropriate images like never before. In this “somewhat arbitrary, and decidedly personal, lexicon of how we might navigate the unruly landscape of ordinary pictures in the age of the Internet,” Eva Respini introduces concepts and artists that help define our changing relationship to images, from “JPEG” to “Post-Internet.”
Petrified Unrest: Paul Chan on Trump, Violence, and Sade for Sade’s Sake
In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering figures, silhouetted on a wall of pallets and toy guns, perform violent and sexual acts. Created in the wake of revelations of abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, it speaks to a state of paralyzed anxiety Chan calls “petrified unrest.” Here he discusses the work’s relationship to religion, philosophy, and today’s Trumpian rhetoric.
Beyond Repair: Art, Community, and an Expanded Notion of Publication
Tucked between a taco stand, an Indian fusion restaurant, and a microbrewery in south Minneapolis’s Midtown Global Market is a booth that at first glance appears to be a print shop and bookstore. And it is: books, zines, and posters are for sale. But at Beyond Repair—an artistic and community-building project of Red76 cofounder Sam Gould—the exchange of inked paper is secondary to the exchange of ideas.
There Are Many Ways to Destroy a Piano
Burning, sawing, toppling: “There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists performing Chopin, Schumann, and Monteverdi—at once complicating the presumption of men as artistic iconoclasts and destroying a traditional symbol of bourgeois education for women.
Statistical Salvos: Feminism, WARM, and the Guerrilla Girls
When black-and-white posters boldly announcing statistics about inequality in the art world started appearing in 1985, Patricia Olson took note. A decade before the Guerrilla Girls began using New York walls as a canvas, she helped found WARM—the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, a 40-member feminist collective and gallery that likewise used the power of data to fight for gender parity in the arts.
Image Ubiquity and the Ordinary Picture
Not your ordinary photography show, Ordinary Pictures surveys the work of some 40 artists—from Steve McQueen and Sturtevant to Amanda Ross-Ho and Elad Lassry—who question, critique, and exploit the materials and methods of commercial image production. From appropriation to collage to experimental film, their practices complicate the ever-expanding global image economy and the role of art within it.
First Look: Announcing 16 New Artworks for the Expanded Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Katharina Fritsch’s giant blue rooster. Commissions by Nairy Baghramian, Theaster Gates, Mark Manders, Philippe Parreno, and others. Sculptures by Sam Durant, Kcho, and Liz Larner. When the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opens in 2017, visitors will see the return of old favorites plus the arrival of 16 new works. Here’s a first look at the art and artists that’ll animate the new 19-acre campus.
Taste as a Political Matter: Coco Fusco on the Guerrilla Girls
Exploring NYC’s “nocturnal underworld” at age 24, Coco Fusco stumbled upon her “first encounter with a full-on feminist art intervention”: a show at the Palladium curated by the Guerrilla Girls. “This was an activist approach that I could connect with, as it spoke truth to power playfully, with wit and style,” she writes in honor of the Girls’ 30th anniversary—and one that influenced how she makes art today.
Allegories: The Memorial Paintings of Jack Whitten
“Through memory we reconstruct our past,” says Jack Whitten. “We honor the dead through memory.” Motivated by this idea, Whitten created a series of paintings honoring key people and events in his life and in American culture, from Lena Horne to MLK, the 9/11 attacks to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that occurred three years ago today. Here, a look at 13 of Whitten’s memorial paintings.